Saison Du Tracteur | Le Trou Du Diable

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 06-08-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
250
Avg:
4
pDev:
18.25%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 250
Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy white head. Prickly carbonation. Aroma of lemon and lavender. Bready but spicy rye malt notes finishing with lemony, herbaceous hops. Tart and slightly astringent. Excellent

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Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into chalice

thick billowy white two finger foam cap

primary aroma of yeast

taste of a typical saison, bretts,

light to medium mouthfeel

nice beer

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple Saison base with a little Brett funk it seems. Refreshing quality, dry, little tart. Matched it with ripe strawberries and it harmonized greatly.

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Photo of janubio
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale golden colour, with a big head that lingers a good while, leaving some lace. Aroma of fruit of passion, melon, pepper, clove. Medium to light (slightly watery) body with an average carbonation. Taste of fruit of passion, with notes of pepper, citrus and honey. Good one.

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Photo of SSS
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Never came out of the bottle hehe
S-Heavy on the Belgian yeast, some wheat aroma and fruity hop notes
M-High carbonation and peppery mouthfeel
T-Typical Belgian style flavours of banana and must
O-I keep trying these beers hoping for some pop, but I need to learn that are just not for me. If you like white Belgian beers, try it.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique and attractive looking little bottle poured into a Funkwerks globe glass. Date of “210414.” “A tractor for all seasons” per the label. My bottle states a 6.0% abv. Sipped on while jamming Surrounded by Thieves.

Appearance: Pours a foamy two fingers of bone colored head. Body is a hazy goldenrod. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Grassy/herbal hops up front followed by a juicy lemon tartness, peppery phenols, and light bubblegum. A hint of pilsner malts. A bright, herbal and citrusy aroma.

Taste: Peppery yeast and bubblegum upfront before leading into more of that citrusy juiciness, fruity esters that bring to mind pears, and a crackery pils malt finish. A bit of bitterness on the end.

Mf: Effervescent, light and very dry. Spicy and moderately bitter.

Overall: Just a really dialed in saison. Great citrus notes with moderate yeast esters and phenols. Very dry and effervescent. Solid work here. A good beer to use as a benchmark for other non-Belgian brewed saisons.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

l: Straw colored and cloudy, white collar lots of tiny bubbles.
S: Faint farm odor, floral citrus and fruit. A bit of malt sweetness.
T: Grapefruit flavor, hop bitterness and some sourness,
F: Very refreshing and light, alcohol is totally hidden. A summer thirst quencher for sure.
O: The many varied flavors make this an interesting beer to try. I have not tried a side by side taste test of season ales so this review could change.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer restores my faith in Saison/ Biere de Garde/ Farmhouse styles again after the Saison Dupont debacle. Aroma is mainly yeast with some lemon/citrus. Flavor has some of that plus just enough malt sweet to balance and keep it interesting plus add body. The carbonation is perfect. Super drinkable. Outstanding suds!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Easy drinking, great aroma and tasty. The saison ive liked most so far. Hoppy and itchy.

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet esters in the aroma. More bitterness than some saisons, but very well balanced. I get notes that remind me of that bitter grapefruit taste you get from the sap from an eastern hemlock (random, but...). All in all, my favourite Québécois saison yet.

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Photo of akdo
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on tap at Bar Volo in Toronto, ON.

Look: The body is transparent and light straw. There is a visible slow carbonation that maintains a two-finger white head, which recedes to a thin layer.

Smell: The nose offer notes of lemon juice. Expect neither the sweetness of some fruit nor the slight bitterness of an acidic fruit's zests, nor a slightly skunky smell as the beer's bottle is dark instead of green.

Taste: The palate is typical of a Saison from the New World. It tastes like an apple or a stone fruit subdued by lemon juice. As a result, the beer has a slightly sour taste, which is not a bad thing. Then as its makes its transition towards its peppery notes, it briefly tastes like freshly cut grass.

Feel: I liked the brief moment of the finale when the beer tastes like a refreshing Sauvignon blanc. As for the domination of notes of lemon during the opening, the brewers struck the right balance for this Saison does not feel like a lemonade, a radler or a pop. However, my reservations are about the high presence of hop which makes this the most bitter Saison I have tasted.

Overall: So far, my favourite Canadian Saison is still Le Paysan Saison, from Nickel Brook Brewing Company. With regards to Saison du tracteur, its nose is its best asset. The palate also strays away from that Belgian tendency to be slightly skunky, which makes it refreshing. However, my reservation is about the excessive bitterness on the back-end. Other than that, I would drink this again.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BeerAdvocate's rankings would have you believe this is [one of, depending on when you read this] the best saison[s] in Canada. Which is a claim worth examining. . . .

Pours from the unique Trou du Diable 600ml bottle into the glass a cloudy electric yellow/orange sort of colour, not unlike a good German hefe, capped by a massive amount of foam that grows for a bit and then never significantly recedes. Lots of visible carbonation and lots of lacing.

Smell is mild, bready, peppery, slight banana and clove. Faint plum or peaches? A touch of sourness, acidity.

Taste is like a peppery, slightly sour hefeweizen--lots of banana and clove behind an initial bready/doughy, peppery hit. Hints of apple, peaches, maybe pears and plums. Slightly coppery/metallic twang. Carbonation is quite high, but the body actually feels pretty good--neither too heavy nor too watery, not too cloying or syrupy.

The best? One of the best? A hard claim to confirm or repute, especially if freshness is a factor. I've certainly had better down south in the States. But that shouldn't take away from what really is a very, very good beer--if the description of "a slightly sour, slightly funky hefeweizen" appeals to you, you're going to dig this beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Jul-14-2015


A:
Pours a cloudy white peach color with a nice, tight three fingers of head that airly pops down to a skiff. Okay retention; some lacing. (4)

S:
Orange-lemon-clove bread. Rising dough, mandarins, apricot, lime zest, Euro hops, floral. (4.25)

T:
Soft malt with a tart end. Citrus zest, flowers, light green hops, weed, pizza dough, vaguely spicy yeast backbone, tart from the middle through the finish, but just a hint. (4)

M:
Dry and quenching, drinkable with a medium body and a dry, quick finish. (4)

O:
Really nice, velvety Saison.
Pretty floral, but not overly so with a tinge of bright tartness in both the smell and the flavor. The hops come through somewhat but mainly as a backdrop for the rest of this smooth, yeasty, tart, bready ale. The nose is definitely the highpoint, it was pretty good to begin with, but I ate a little with it and the food (chicken and fries) really made the citrusy juiciness come out in it. It isn't really mind-blowing in any way or anything, but it is very well-made, very easy to get ahold of, and not super expensive. Can't miss!
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

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Photo of sphmiel
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at iTap CWE. Hazy gold, very lively, big head disappears quickly. Tropical fruits with some spicy notes, finishes tart, refreshing.
Very nice version of the style.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color with some powerful activity. Extra foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of fresh fruity citrus and floral notes. Flavors of sweet grains, apple, melon, peach, pineapple, lemon, passion fruits, caramel, floral and herbal spices. Some faint grassy and citrus bitterness with more of a sweet fruity and malty feel.

Slick full body with champagne like carbonation. Medium finish of short length, ending with a perfect dose of sharp herbal and coriander spicy hops and some sweet grainy citrusy tongue coat.

Overall an excellent belgian style craft having super fresh and flavorful with a gentle pleasing taste, but a little vinous or boozy.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer, finds a nice balance between fruity and spicy flavours and gives a great hop finish. I would certainly buy it more often if it weren't for the price.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw-coloured and cloudy, with three fingers of billowy head gradually collapsing in on itself. Smell is earthy - yeast, hay, maybe some banana. Taste is more bitter than I would have expected for the style - maybe a bit too hoppy? Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

an excellent saison, maybe slightly over hopped on the bitterness front, but the beer itself is truly fantastic, and the quebec breweries have my attention right now. its only a little hazy, more clear than cloudy even down to the bottom of the bottle. the head is bone white and rises well above the top lip of the glass, creamy not just in appearance, but in feel, its rich and thick for how effervescently carbonated it is. the label looks a little different now, and the abv says 6% on the bottle not the 7% listed here, but the beer remains delicious. the label also mentions passion fruit, and i agree with that, especially in the taste. the aroma is muted for sure, wheat malt and hop bitterness and grassiness, not much yeast aroma either. the passion fruit hop flavor though is awesome, tart before bitter, and really juicy. bitterness in the finish on top of the fresh and robust wheat flavor. love the expansive dry feel of this one, almost milky for a second, very cool. its not the best saison i have ever had, but its an awful good example of the style. the yeast is a little less funky than others, also quite belgian, but its real dry. overall this is great, fairly priced, and makes me want to try more of their beers!

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light golden/whitish beer with a huge white head with big bubbles and lots of carbonation visible. In the nose it's really herbal and floral, you get a lot of hops, also a lot of yeast is noticeable and some bread too. Taste is similar to the smell, really floral and herbal again, you get a little more spiciness too. Lots of carbonation and a long finish makes it a really solid beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color topped with a big, fluffy white head that sticks well. Fresh, clean, floral farmhouse aroma...creamy, dried bananas, flowers, pithy citrus, chardonnay, potporri, and hay. Yeasty flavor; spicy cracked pepper, herbs, bubblegum, and bready grain. Fluffy, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Maybe a little too pointedly yeasty, but a pretty nice Saison overall.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clouded tangerine gold with a large foamy white head. Big and frothy... Aroma is delightfully fragrant with flowers, hay, bread grains, grass, citrus, apple, white wine, and perhaps passionfruit. Dry and crispy aroma.... Taste is also dry, peppery, spicy, and very floral with banana, peach, and various wild yeasty flavors. Clean yet very farmhouse... Mouthfeel is unusually foamy and entertaining. Slick, smooth, and creamy... This beer is exactly the type of beer that should have a tractor on the label. Pretty good stuff that totally fits the wild saison style.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden straw with lots and lots of fluffy white head that lingers and leaves lacing.

Nose has a lot of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, some white pepper, bread.

Taste follows nose closely. Clean, crisp. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Good beer. Light refreshing and subtle.

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Photo of endovelico
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Subtle and piquant character of hay, lemon peel, clove and dough.

Mouth: Finesse and authentic rusticity with a gorgeous pear / pineapple play at the front sustained by sweet notes of hay, banana, clove and dough. Spritzy and angular.

Bottom Line: Pretty rustic, elegant and complex. A very well done Saison with remarkable drinkability, definitely not for the inexperienced as it's aromatics could prove themselves elusive, to say the least.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

Very estery aroma, with notes of banana, pear, must, and floral tones. Flavor finishes very dry, earthy, and fairly bitter. Up front, fruity and bubblegum esters add character to the somewhat sweet malt backbone. Alcohol warmth is noted. Not my favorite style, and a bit too earthy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -5%

As the strong connection between the French-speaking provinces of Canada link with the farmhouse character of Belgian and French low countries, a taste of the farm, fruit and aggravated spice start to congeal for a homogenous and balanced taste.

Hazy orange and heavily tanslucent, the beer scatters light and aromas with the most careful of pours. Its high effervescence is happy to give up its aromatic treasures with the pop of each and every bubble. What fills the nose is the fruitiness of banana, mango, lemon, orange, apricot and peach. Captivating the early palate with the sweet breadiness of angel food cake, the early impressions are varying and balanced.

But across the middle, the sweetness rises and then falls, as do those fruity, vinous and tangy tropical blends would suggest. But with their slow fade, the yeasty spice of clove, white pepper, mint and vanilla simmer on the palate before the hops arrive. That's when a grassy, leafy and herbal tone greets the palate with soft pungency, damp hay and grainy straw.

Those racy bubbles usher in a dry and fleeting finish, leaving a memory of fruit and sweetness in its wake. Peppery warmth slices through the malt and commands the finish in the way that only proper saison can. Where so much delicacy and finesse is at play, the stern hop bitterness show a lot of rustic roots when the beer's taste concludes.

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